Scottish Chamber Orchestra Conductor Emeritus Joseph Swensen continues the Orchestra’s February concerts, directing renowned Russian pianist Polina Leschenkco and the SCO in Chopin’s Piano Concerto No 2 on 11- 13 February in St Andrews, Glasgow and Edinburgh. Polina Leshenkco has continued to make a big name for herself throughout Europe and the Americas since last performing with Swensen and the Orchestra in 2007. The concert will conclude with Mendelssohn’s Symphony No 3 ‘Scottish’.
On 18 and 19 February, Principal Conductor Robin Ticciati directs four masterworks from Eastern Europe: Ligeti’s Ramifications, Bartók’s Rumanian Folk Dances and Mozart’s Bassoon Concerto in which the soloist is the SCO’s Principal Bassoonist Peter Whelan. The concert provides another opportunity to hear Mozart’s Symphony No 38 ‘Prague’, which appears on the Orchestra’s award-winning album, Mozart Symphonies 38-41, released in 2008.
Scottish mezzo soprano Karen Cargill, who is the SCO’s featured artist of the season, returns for an intimate chamber concert on Sunday 21 February in Edinburgh, accompanied by Simon Lepper on piano and SCO Principals Jane Atkins and Maximiliano Martín on viola and clarinet. The programme includes Schumann’s Märchen Erzählungen Op 132 and Mozart’s Aria ‘Parto, parto’ (La Clemenza di Tito).